Be smart, be prepared, and for crying out loud, don’t panic

EDITORIAL

As a news organization we have grappled mightily with how to cover the growing fear over coronavirus, from its origin point in China to its march across Asia and Europe and on to the shores of America.
For starters—is this a local story? Would our reporting add to our readers’ understanding of the virus and the respiratory illness it causes, or does local reporting on this worldwide phenomenon simply add to the hysteria?
Clearly, COVID-19 is similar to regular flu, and since when does the media ...

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